THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has convicted 171 people for various drug related offences and 112 cases disposed of through other legal provisions in the first quarter of 2019.
And the commission says 996 cases are still pending at various stages of the court process.
Spokesperson Theresa Katongo said the Commission further seized cannabis plants, herb and seeds totaling 13.47 tonnes.
She said notable trends included the increase in trafficking of dry miraa from Ethiopia through Zambia as a transit country to Europe, North America, South Africa, Namibia and Angola by identified cartels.
Katongo said the Commission further conducted a total of 685 awareness activities from which a total of 130, 051 people were sensitized through institutions of learning, community and workplace programmes as part of the drug demand reduction strategy.
“Further, the Commission attended to 251 clients aged between 13 and 44 years under the counselling and reintegration programme, with the primary drugs of abuse being cannabis, alcohol, heroin and codeine,” Katongo said.
And the Commission has warned perpetrators of drug cultivation and trafficking vices to desist from the acts with the harvest season fast approaching.
News Source: Mwebantu